A Knitty Life - then
2008 Wild Tea Cosies published - Simon & Schuster
2009 Mittagong NSW - Sturt Winter School - ten lovely years teaching workshops
2010 Really Wild Tea Cosies published - Murdoch Books
2010 Sydney - Powerhouse Museum exhibition
2011 London - Spring Knit and Stitch show at the Olympia - guest artist
2012 Nantes, France - Pour l'Amour du Fil exhibition - guest artist
2012 How Tea Cosies Changed the World published - Murdoch Books.
2013 Australian Tour - Craft and Quilt Fairs - Guest Artist
2013-15 Australian Tour - Portraits of a Tea Cosy - Travelling Regional Gallery Exhibition - see website menu
And lovely, lovely years of workshops, around Australia and at home in the hills of Noosa.
Proper Work 2009 and before
Loani snuck into large organisations and spring-cleaned and restructured electronic filing systems - a modern filing fairy. Before that she liked to administrate for artistic and charitable organisations. And in another life entirely she mucked about on the viola and taught little kids how to whip out a tune on their own instruments.
Loani is the happy mother of one grown up son, Benjamin Bunny and daughter-in-law, Giada. She is ridiculously smitten with two recalcitrant Burmese cats, Purl and Bruce (The Naughties), and thanks her lucky stars for her real beaut bloke, Julian.
Oh and... Loani sometimes talks about herself in the third person. She can’t help herself.
A Patched Life - now
Loani is now translating all that tea cosy colour and joy into fabric follies, material mosaics, quirky quilts, call it what you like. She is making her unique mark in the land of stitching and is ready to share it with you.
2016 She ate her words about quilts and quilting. And finished her first fabric blankie.
2017 Discovered a bunch of fellow quilters to play with in the Wallace House Quilters.
2018 Became a compulsive fabric collector (insert rolling eyes emoji here).
2019 Curated A Life in Patches exhibition at the Noosa Art Gallery.
"A sea of quilts floated from the ceiling, their makers’ photographic images on guard around the walls. Much more than a quilt show, this was a celebration of living life in the company of stitching; all wrapped up in 29 quilts, portraits and stories; secret stories laid bare, in tears and laughter and love."
2019 Began testing the Fantastical Fabric Follies workshop out on her patchwork friends.
Those lovely jubelies! She is so so thankful for their trust and guidance.
2020 Began teaching Fantastical Fabric Follies - a Collage and Quilt Design workshop.
2021 Learned not to give all her quilts away. She might need one or two for show and tell.
Australasian Quilt Convention - Tutor and Presenter
2022 Brisbane AQC. Tutor, Speaker and exhibitor. She's on the road again.